Thursday, February 16, 2017

AP English--Reasons for the Decline of Puritanism in the Colonies

A Rainy Day in Boston, Childe Hassam (1885)
Due 

Handwrite these notes and place in your binder.

1. The Salem Witch Trials caused a lack of confidence in Puritan authority.

2. Younger generations of very religious people often tend to be not as strictly religious as their parents.

3. There were opportunities for westward expansion and new land.  The Puritans began to spread out. The Puritan communities became less cohesive or “tight.”


English III and AP English--Notes on Puritans

Blue Bay and Dunes, Milton Avery (1961)
Due

Handwrite the following notes into your 3-ring binder.  You may abridge (shorten) some of the longer notes, as long as the meaning is clear.

Key Terms and Dates

1. total depravity--the Puritan/Pilgrim belief that from the moment of birth, human beings are filthy, disgusting, and evil.  

2. grace--the one shining light in Puritan theology: God, for reasons unknown to humans, may decide to forgive or demonstrate an act of goodness.

English III and AP English--"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Assignment


Text: The Language of Literature by McDougal Littell (153)

Scholars:

This sermon is the most famous in Puritan literature, preached by Jonathan Edwards in Enfield, Connecticut on July 8, 1741, during the Great Awakening, a religious revival that lasted from 1734-1750. You may also have heard of George Whitefield, another famous preacher from that time period.

English III and AP English--Positive Legacy of Puritans

Provincetown Dunes, Charles Demuth (1914)
Due

Handwrite these notes and place in your binder.

1. They were a people who valued education strongly.  Puritans established the first public high school in America--Boston Latin School.  They also thought that it was very important that both boys and girls receive an education, although the extent of the different sexes' education varied.  Puritans established the first Ivy League colleges in America.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Freshman English--Vocabulary List Three

Creation, Diego Rivera (1922-1923)
Due February 28, 2017

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms are not typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places or allusions to famous things); nevertheless, you should know them. Look up the definitions and parts of speech of each word. Write both in your notebook. (You must handwrite this assignment; not type, or cut and paste). For each of the words, find an excellent context sentence by googling the Internet (always cite your source within parentheses after the sentence--the name of the website). In addition, create an excellent context sentence of your own. Please clearly label the "googled" sentence and your "own" sentence: "I" for Internet sentence; "My" for the sentence that you create. Also highlight the vocabulary word in each sentence. All of this work should be written on loose-leaf paper in your notebook, so that it can be turned in for a grade.

English III--Vocabulary List Three

Inquisition Scene, Francisco Goya (1812-1819)
Due February 28, 2017

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places or allusions to famous things); nevertheless, you should know them. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

English III--"Of Plymouth Plantation" Activity/Notes


Scholars:

As you read "Of Plymouth Plantation" (81) in the yellow textbook (the one with the lady on the front cover), I want you to take notes and cite text as much as possible for the following:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

More Advice on Writing the FSA ELA Argumentative Essay


Some teachers are resistant to a "formula" for writing an essay. My approach is practical, and I hope, logical. Young writers struggle with the steps involved in writing an essay. I offer "formulas,"; my suggestions are starting points for those who feel helpless and do not know how to structure their writing. This formulaic writing is simply a roadmap. When you feel more comfortable and become more sophisticated writers, you may move away from this approach/structure. A formulaic approach is a good skeleton and this method lessens student anxiety.

English III--Native American Essay, Sample Introductory Paragraph



Jones 1
Suzie Jones                                                                                     
Professor Mulhern
English III, Period Three
6 February 2017
Essay on Native American Literature

English III--Native American Essay Checklist


Review your paper to make sure the following criteria have been met. If not, indicate changes, so any revised copy is improved.

Content/Organization/Structure
1. Essay has at least five paragraphs.
2. Each paragraph has at least five sentences.
3. Opening paragraph contains a strong thesis.

Monday, January 30, 2017

English III--Native American Essay Assignment



Your essay must be typewritten, MLA format, double-spaced, 12-point Times Roman font, one-inch margins. Late papers will not be accepted. Plan ahead. You have plenty of notice. See other posts on Native American Literature by using Search Box: "Native American." The other posts explain how to plan, generate ideas, and format. The most important posts are "Native American Essay Sample Introductory Paragraph" and "Native American Essay Checklist."

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

English III--Vocabulary List Two


Due February 7, 2017

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms may not be typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places or allusions to famous things); nevertheless, you should know them. 


  • Look up the definitions and parts of speech of each word. Write both in your notebook. (You must handwrite this assignment; not type, or cut and paste). 
  • For each of the words, find an excellent context sentence by googling the Internet (always cite your source within parentheses after the sentence--the name of the website). 

Freshman English--Vocabulary List Two

Woman with Yellow Hat, Pablo Picasso (no date)
Due February 7, 2017 

Directions: Copy the vocabulary words. Most of them have been taken from your textbook; some words/terms are not typical vocabulary words (for example, names of places or allusions to famous things); nevertheless, you should know them. Look up the definitions and parts of speech of each word. Write both in your notebook. (You must handwrite this assignment; not type, or cut and paste). For each of the words, find an excellent context sentence by googling the Internet (always cite your source within parentheses after the sentence--the name of the website). In addition, create an excellent context sentence of your own. Please clearly label the "googled" sentence and your "own" sentence: "I" for Internet sentence; "My" for the sentence that you create. Also highlight the vocabulary word in each sentence. All of this work should be written on loose-leaf paper in your notebook, so that it can be turned in for a grade.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


English I--To Kill a Mockingbird (date pending). We need to concentrate on FSA ELA preparation first.


English III--
Period 3: The Scarlet Letter due March 7th. Skip "Custom House" chapter. Take copious notes. (See link on How to Take Notes.)

Period 4: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn due March 7th. Take copious notes. (See post on How to Take Notes.)

Both English III classes--
The Great Gatsby due May 16th. (See post on How to Take Notes.)

Be prepared for pop quizzes on any reading assignments. Also expect an assessment (test, essay, or both) on the day that a book/story/text is due.

How to Take Notes:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

English III--Qualities and Functions of a Myth

The Return of Ulysses, Georgio de Chirico (1968)
Scholars: Copy and paste the following post into a Word document; then place it in your binder. You may also handwrite if you prefer.